FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can you flush baby wipes?
Although many baby wipe brands claim their products are flushable, plumbing experts maintain that flushable baby wipes don't exist. People buy and use baby wipes because they are durable, like baby washcloths. However, since baby wipes don't break down in the water, they pose a severe clogging threat that could cost you thousands of dollars in damage to your sewage system and the municipal sewage plant. Even biodegradable brands don't break down fast enough to prevent major plumbing problems down the line. So, it is best not to flush any baby wipes down your toilet.
Can adults use baby wipes?
Many adults use baby wipes, especially if they have sensitive skin. Along with being comfortable, some adults feel cleaner from using this lint-free alternative to toilet paper. Also, you can use incontinence washcloths for more vigorous cleaning. While most baby wipes contain mostly water and a little alcohol, others hold ammonia and bleach. So, make sure to check the label to ensure the ingredients are compatible with your needs. In addition, adults often use baby wipes for other cleaning purposes such as degreasing pots, surface cleaning, and appliance cleaning.
Can you use baby wipes to remove makeup?
Baby wipes are a good choice for removing makeup because they're inexpensive and perform just as well as specialized makeup wipes to clean the skin gently. Also, most sensitive baby wipes are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and moisture-balanced. Since baby wipes are multi-purpose, they are usually convenient for busy women. For heavier makeup and mascara applications, you can try incontinence washcloths.
When were baby wipes invented?
US inventor Arthur Julius invented the first wet wipes in 1957. While working as a cosmetic employee, Julius developed the wet wipe idea in his Manhattan loft and made the prototype with a converted food processing machine. In 1958, he trademarked his invention under the name Wet-Nap. However, his new product didn't go public until Julius optimized the wipe producing machine at a 1960 National Restaurant Show. Three years later, Julius sold the Wet-Nap to Colonel Harland Sanders for his customers in his Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants. Finally, mass production technology gave birth to the disposable baby wipe industry in the 1970s.
Can baby wipes cause UTIs?
Most studies show no association between UTIs and cleaning yourself with baby wipes. The most prevalent cause of UTIs is a woman's urethra is very close to her anus and vagina, which are bacteria reservoirs. Since this condition is internal, external cleaning doesn't influence it. Also, aging causes women's hormones to alter the vaginal flora and pH balance, making them more vulnerable to bacterial infections. Although they don't prevent UTIs, incontinence wipes do a fine job of keeping the genital clean.
Do baby wipes expire?
Most baby wipes don't have an expiration date on their packages. However, sealed wipes become unusable in two or three years, while unsealed ones last up to four weeks. If your baby wipes have an expiry or use-by date, you can use them until they dry out, lose cleaning ability or develop mold. The primary reason for baby wipe attrition is moisture loss. While baby washcloths become discolored, baby wipes dry out from direct contact with air, or the contents settle in an unopened package. In addition, sensitive baby wipes are more prone to mold because they don't contain chemical preservatives like alcohol and parabens.
What are baby wipes made of?
Unlike quilted baby washcloths, baby wipes consist of non-woven fabric pressed together to form a single sheet. The fabric fibers are usually cotton and rayon, plus resins like polyethylene, polyester, and polypropylene. Baby wipes are saturated with 95% water and typically contain oils, cleansers, and preservatives.
Some baby wipes have added fragrances that can irritate sensitive skin. For this reason, most sensitive baby wipes don't include fragrances. The cleansers in baby wipes are usually mild ingredients like disodium cocoamphodiacetate and lauryl glucoside. However, some brands contain harsh ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate.
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